What are the bees telling us?
Queen of the Sun
Review by Ross Anthony

Rich, Elegant, Edifying. One of the most beautifully filmed documentaries that I've ever seen.

Whether or not shooting documentaries in an artist fashion compromises the objectivity of a work is certainly a discussion worth having. But first watch this work.

Anyway, these filmmakers seem rather biased regarding their message. They drizzle sweetly composed A/V all over quirky earthy beekeepers rather certain that pestisides are responsible for “Colony Colapse Disorder,” while giving zero time to users of the pestisides. Other possible causes are also mentioned.

I didn't find that objectional, because I share the same bias.

Okay, so it's not a pure unstilted doc, but it is a beautiful portrait painting in RGB of some unsung hardworking souls – the beekeeper and the bee. Both have a great deal to teach us city folk.

The first half resonates with an agricultural doomsday message. Thankfully, unlike many other docs, this film deliberately clears the field for a second half full of hope, ideas, and alternative solutions.

Btw, I also quite enjoyed The Real Dirt on Farmer John by the same director.

-- Books by Ross Anthony, Author/Illustrator --

  • Queen of the Sun. Copyright © 2011.
  • Directed by Taggart Siegel.

Grade..........................A (3.5/4)

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